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5 Things to Love about the Peak District

Sunday, May 1st, 2016
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If your idea of a dream getaway is to a destination rich in natural beauty, heritage and attractions, then look no further than the Peak District. The area’s spectacular moors, dales, rivers and springs have been attracting visitors for years and make the region ideal for a UK getaway. There are a million reasons to love the Peak District but to help you get a better feel for the area, we’ve listed our five favourite reasons to love the Peaks below. Take a look and see if we can convince you to visit the Peak District this year.

1. Historic Houses and Castles

From Chatsworth House to Bolsover Castle, the Peak District has its fair share of historic houses and castles to explore. These grand attractions are perfect for groups of all ages and with an exciting calendar of events at each location, you won’t be short of things to see and do.

2. Cycling

The Peak District’s easy going bike trails make for an idyllic day out amongst the English countryside. This is a fantastic way to discover more of the Peaks and to keep the children active, and for those of us that don’t fancy travelling with our bikes, the Peak District has a number of hire shops available where you can rent a bike for the day.

3. Journey Back in Time

Experience the Peak District’s rich history by taking a trip on one of the region’s period steam trains or trams. The Crich Tramway Village is a great place to start your journey, here you can take a trip on one of the many vintage trams and enjoy a light lunch in the tearooms as you enjoy breath-taking views.


With its romantic landscape,uncluttered trails and far reaching views, it’s no wonder the Peak District is one of the UK’s favourite walking destinations. There are plenty of walks to choose from but for the more experienced walkers, we would highly suggest taking on the Limestone Way; at 46 miles long this route is not for the faint-hearted!

5. Caves and Caverns

The Peak District offers a huge variety of underground attractions to explore, with luminous caverns, deep caves and exciting underground boat trips. These caves and caverns are perfect for a day out at any time of year and provide the perfect rainy day activity for families looking to escape the weather.

So what do you think? If you’re ready to book your Peak District getaway then make sure to check out our Peak District Cottages page. With over 500 properties located throughout the Peaks, we’re sure to have something to suit your holiday needs. Visit our website or give our team a call on 01244 356695 to find out more!

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Nicole Jones-Gerrard

By Nicole Jones-Gerrard

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her husband.

Helping you find accommodation near Alton Towers

Monday, May 20th, 2013
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Good news for all you adrenaline seekers out there; this week sees the launch of the newest ride at Alton Towers, The Smiler. The world’s first 14 looped rollercoaster with a series of mind-blowing illusions, The Smiler opens at the Staffordshire favourite on 23rd May 2013. Try Alton Towers as part of a holiday or simply a day trip and you’ll find plenty to do for all ages and bravery levels!
Alton Towers

The Smiler: Alton Towers’ newest attraction

So if 14 loops sound right up your street, what else does The Smiler have to offer?  For starters, the ride’s name may be misleading as the optical illusions are designed to make you giggle, feel ticklish and disorientated on your 165 second ride as you reach speeds of up to 85 kilometres an hour.  The ride is found in the X Sector alongside other favourites such Oblivion and Submission, designed to get your heart racing!  You can even download The Smiler game to your smartphone for a taste of the real deal before you arrive.
About to enter Oblivion

Find Alton Towers accommodation with Sykes Cottages

We love roller coasters at Sykes Cottages and we’re proud to have such a great selection of holiday cottages within easy reach of the park.  Choosing self-catering accommodation is a sensible choice as you can make up a packed lunch before you arrive at the park and avoid the pricy lunch options at the park.  You can also enjoy far more space that you would have in a hotel room meaning the whole family can look forward to a good night’s sleep after a day of excitement!  Don’t forget to explore the rest of the Peak District once you’ve got your adrenaline fix; your holiday cottage is the perfect base for making the most of the surrounding area.  From excellent walks on your doorstep to pretty market towns like Buxton and Bakewell to discover, the Peak District is a great choice whatever type of holiday you are looking for.

Thrills and spills around the UK

While Alton Towers may be a firm favourite, there are plenty more adrenaline opportunities across the UK.  Try Thorpe Park in Surrey if you’re heading anywhere near the capital this summer, Oakland in Pembrokeshire or Flamingo Land in Yorkshire for hours of family fun.  We have self-catering cottages throughout the UK and Ireland so whether you’re looking for an energetic holiday or more restful break, we’re sure to have holiday accommodation to suit you.  Why not visit our website to take a look at all of our cottages?  Your next UK holiday could be just a few clicks away…

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Sheffield – A day out in the steel city

Thursday, February 7th, 2013
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Situated right on the edge of the beautiful Peak District, Sheffield is a fantastic, vibrant city. Having shrugged off its former industrial past, Sheffield is now a modern city with the perfect mix of old and new and more than enough to keep you occupied for a city break or as a day trip when holidaying in the Peak District.

The small but perfectly formed city centre is home to a wealth of independent shops including funky retailers, spacious city parks and fantastic museums, particularly the Western Park Museum on the west of the city. Sheffield is also well known as the home of the World Snooker Championships, held in the Crucible Theatre each year and. Tickets for the early matches are relatively easy to get hold of and are well worth it!


One of the nicest things about Sheffield is how green it feels – you are never far from one of the city’s parks. From the Peace Gardens with relaxing fountains in the city centre and the indoor Winter Gardens next door, home to hundreds of exotic plants making it a great place to escape from the cold on a winter’s day. Just outside of the city centre, the Botanic Gardens, Crookes Valley Park and Western Park are all well worth a visit. Plus, you are never far from the rolling hills of the Peak District if you want to escape the city

Long walk

If its serious shopping you’re after, jump on the tram and head out of town to Meadowhall, a purpose built out of town shopping centre built on the site of a former steelworks. The handy tram network that runs through the city and its suburbs makes getting around really quick and easy.


You are sure not to go hungry on your trip with a great selection of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars to choose from, many of which are situated around Sheffield’s main night spots of West Street and Division Street. Italian restaurant BB’s on Division Street, Cafe 22a on Norfolk Row and the Frog and Parrot on Division Street are amongst the highlights. During your holiday also be sure to try a Yorkshire curd tart and pick up a bottle of Henderson’s Relish, Sheffield’s famous sauce to remind you of your trip.

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Happy 200th Birthday to Pride and Prejudice!

Monday, January 28th, 2013
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‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’. So begins ‘Pride and Prejudice’, regularly voted the nation’s favourite book, which celebrates its 200th birthday today. Jane Austen’s most famous work was first published on 28th January 1813 and tells the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy. Whether you’ve read the book from cover to cover and want to bring the characters to life or are simply looking for a holiday in some of the most picturesque places in the UK, why not find a holiday cottage with Sykes?

Pride and Prejudice

The Peak District

Austen said of Derbyshire that there was “no finer county in England” and it’s little surprise given the miles of unspoilt rolling countryside dotted with picturesque towns.  Chatsworth House is often referred to in the novel and is thought to have inspired Mr Darcy’s house, Pemberley.  Why not find a cottage nearby and recreate life in Regency England or visit Bakewell and Matlock Bath, also mentioned in the novel?  Who knows, maybe you’ll find your very own Mr Darcy while you’re on holiday!

Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire


Hampshire should be high on the list for any Austen pilgrimage as this is where the author was born and died and the county also features in Pride and Prejudice.  The Jane Austen House Museum is in Chawton, where she spent her final years, and will celebrate the anniversary with writing workshops and dramatic re-enactments of key scenes from the novel.  True ‘Janeites’ will enjoy a tour through Hampshire from her birthplace in Steventon to her final resting place at Winchester Cathedral as well as other important places in her life.  Choose one of our lovely Hampshire cottages and enjoy exploring the New Forest and the south coast.


One of our lovely Hampshire cottages.

One of our lovely Hampshire cottages.



Austen moved to Bath in 1801 and lived there for five years and even set Northanger Abbey and Persuasion in the famous Georgian city.  Visit the West Country today and you’ll find the Jane Austen Centre which is holding plenty of celebrations in honour of the bicentenary.  Join in with the Readathon which takes place today or dress up in your finest and attend the Regency Ball in June.  The Centre itself is well worth a visit while you’re on holiday in Bath which is home to a permanent exhibition of her life in Bath as well as a Regency tearoom and costumed staff.  The Jane Austen festival held every September is hugely popular and a great excuse to don a corset and gown!

Jane Austen plaque

If this has got you thinking about a short break in the UK, why not visit our website or give us a call until 9.30pm, seven days a week and start planning your next holiday?

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Dovedale and Hartington

Friday, February 3rd, 2012
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Dovedale is the collective name for a number of the most beautiful, and consequently some of the busiest of the Derbyshire Dales. The River Dove has gouged out a narrow valley lending itself to gentle walks with superb views and taking in romantically named natural features such as the Lover’s Leap.  Whilst on a cottage holiday, Dovedale is a perfect day out for a family stroll or a picnic.

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